Pewter pilgrim badge of John Schorn: 15th century
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Pewter pilgrim badge of John Schorn. John Schorn is shown standing in a pulpit surrounded by a church-like architectural frame. On either side of his head are angels. At the base of the pulpit is a thin boot. John Schorn was an 'unofficial saint', which means that he was never canonised. He was a priest and the rector of North Marston, Buckinghamshire, from around 1282 until his death in 1315. He was most famous as an exorcist and was believed to have conjured the devil into a boot. On another occasion, during a drought, he struck the ground with his staff and a well appeared. The well's water became famous as a cure for gout and other ailments. Schorn was popular in southern England, particularly in Buckinghamshire and London, as well as Canterbury and Salisbury in the 1400s and 1500s.
1401 AD - 1500 AD